2016 Fournoi Expedition

    After the fruitful 2015 preliminary survey it became immediately understood that the continuance of the survey would create needs in which the small number of staff of the first investigation could not easily manage. The research team ought to be broadened, involve a larger number of partners and technical resources and seek new strategic collaborations. In the same manner, the total duration of the research had to be extended to least 25 days.

    Expansion of the search areas was also requested which now includes all the archipelago of Fournoi with its almost twenty islands, islets and rocky islets.

    A new collaboration plan with the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art of the Technological Educational Institute of Athens was created, which allowed students to work on the field on first aid conservation treatments.

    For the needs of the expedition and the management of the retrieved finds, an open air conservation lab was set on the central pier of the port of Fournoi under the supervision of the director of the conservation team. The conservation team was formed with students from the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art of the TEI of Athens. In this well-organized open air conservation lab, students George Agkavanakis. Aggeliki Bei, Helen Bardas and Eirini Mitsi worked on the field.

The survey focused mainly on these sea areas:

a) The sea channel that separates Kisiria island from Thymaina

b) The northern and eastern coastlines of Ag. Minas

c) The north coasts of Thymaina

d) The islands Small and Large Anthropofagos

    The 2016 survey led to the identification of a total of 23 wrecks which were added to the 22 wrecks which were found in the year 2015, raising the number to 45,

     The wrecks of year 2016 belong to a time period between the end of the archaic period to the 18th – 19th century A.D.

The core team of the field research remained the same. Diver archaeologist of the EUA George Koutsouflakis as general director and diver archaeologist as head, on behalf of the RPM Nautical Foundation, Peter Campbell. As technical director of the research diver physicist Markos Garras was appointed, director of the conservation team was diver conservator of antiquities A. Tsompanidis and responsible for boats and vessels was diver work technician of the EUA L. Mercenier.

    Photographic and film documentation of sites was made by external partners of the EUA Vasilis Mentogiannis and Anastasis Agathos and the architectural drawings by architect engineer Eliana Kolyva and topographer Eleni Diamanti.

    The archaeologists’ team, besides Cameron Hutchins who participated in the 2015 survey, consisted of Derek Irwin, Christopher Begley, Mateusz Polakowski, Achilleas Dionisopoulos, Eugenia Loizou and Katerina Velentza and diver John Stella.

    The research was successfully carried out thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Honor Frost Foundation. Equally important was the help provided by the Fourni Municipality via the Mayor John Marousis, with free accommodation in municipal rooms, one more car for personnel and equipment transportation within the island, provision of electricity, desalination tanks and contribution of municipal employee M. Mytikas whenever deemed necessary. Finally, business entrepreneur – and ex guardian of antiquities – C. Tsounis, owner of Carrefour Ikaria and businessman George Koubas, contributed with food supplies.